The Bergen County Prevention Coalition (BCPC) and Garfield Prevention Coalition (GPC) are a collaboration of individuals and organizations that are committed to, and passionate about reducing the rates of alcohol and drug use among youth and young adults in Bergen County.
The coalition’s members work together to address these issues by leveraging resources and building on the group’s collective strengths to influence the environment as it relates to underage drinking, electronic cigarettes/vaping, prescription medication misuse, reducing the use of illegal drugs with a special focus on opioids, and reducing the use of new and emerging drugs of abuse across the lifespan.
The coalition was created in August of 2010, aiming to be a comprehensive community coalition that will respond to community conditions by developing and implementing multi-faceted plans that lead to measurable, population-level reduction in one or more substance abuse problems. To educate the community, the coalition offers various presentations, workshops, and trainings that are all free of charge to any community group within the county. The coalition will also offer its expertise in being a consultant if any municipality is looking to implement new policies to tackle the various substance misuse issues, such as smoke-free areas or vape shop licensing fees.
Monthly meetings provide an opportunity for members to network, participate in relevant training seminars, and plan collaborative initiatives to address the needs the coalition establishes as its focus.
Membership is open to those who are interested in creating a healthy, safe and drug-free Bergen County, including youth and young adults.